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A resignation in South Africa

Charles RichardsonFeb 15, 2018

South Africa's odd constitutional structure witnesses another change at the top.

February election roundup

Charles RichardsonFeb 9, 2018

Three elections and a referendum: reports from Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador and Monaco.

Italy, one month out

Charles RichardsonFeb 5, 2018

Uncertainty on several fronts surrounds next month's Italian election, which could be Silvio Berlusconi's most unlikely comeback yet.

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Parties, elections and political ideas across the globe from an Australian perspective

Election preview: Costa Rica

Charles RichardsonFeb 4, 2018

A close contest looms in Costa Rica, with both Trumpism and religious fundamentalism in the mix.

Two presidents back, another in doubt

Charles RichardsonJan 30, 2018

Presidents are re-elected in Czechia and Finland – one narrowly, one very comfortably – while Cyprus's election goes to a second round next Sunday.

Election preview: Czech presidency, second round

Charles RichardsonJan 25, 2018 2

Czechia's Trumpist president is running neck-and-neck with his challenger.

No, not Weimar

Charles RichardsonJan 24, 2018

Germany heads for another grand coalition. It's not a rerun of the 1930s, regardless of what some commentators think.

Where to next for Catalonia?

Charles RichardsonJan 19, 2018

Catalonia has returned from the Christmas break to find that its constitutional crisis is no nearer a solution.

What is a country?

Charles RichardsonJan 18, 2018

Appeasement of China on the travel front opens some interesting questions about what should count as a country.

Czech president seeks a new term

Charles RichardsonJan 12, 2018

Czechia, on the front line against Trumpism and Putinism, prepares to pass judgement on its president.